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Format: CD
Sku: 225629918
UPC: 045778718627
UPC 14: 00045778718627
Release Date: 11/21/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Snowflake ~ Kate Bush
2. Lake Tahoe - (featuring Michael Wood) ~ Kate Bush
3. Misty ~ Kate Bush
4. Wild Man ~ Kate Bush
5. Snowed in at Wheeler Street ~ Kate Bush
6. 50 Words For Snow ~ Kate Bush
7. Among Angels ~ Kate Bush
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Kate Bush's 50 Words for Snow follows Director's Cut, a dramatically reworked collection of catalog material, by six months. This set is all new, her first such venture since 2005's Aerial. The are only seven songs here, but the album clocks in at an hour. Despite the length of the songs, and perhaps because of them, it is easily the most spacious, sparsely recorded offering in her catalog. Its most prominent sounds are Bush's voice, her acoustic piano, and Steve Gadd's gorgeous drumming -- though other instruments appear (as do some minimal classical orchestrations). With songs centered on winter, 50 Words for Snow engages the natural world and myth -- both Eastern and Western -- and fantasy. It is abstract, without being the least bit difficult to embrace. It commences with "Snowflake," with lead vocals handled by her son Bertie. Bush's piano, crystalline and shimmering in the lower middle register, establishes a harmonic pattern to carry the narrative: the journey of a snowflake from the heavens to a single human being's hand, and in its refrain (sung by Bush), the equal anticipation of the receiver. "Lake Tahoe" features choir singers Luke Roberts and Michael Wood in a Michael Nyman-esque arrangement, introducing Bush's slippery vocal as it relates the tale of a female who drowned in the icy lake and whose spirit now haunts it. Bush's piano and Gadd's kit are the only instruments. "Misty," the set's longest -- and strangest -- cut, is about a woman's very physical amorous tryst with, bizarrely, a snowman. Despite its unlikely premise, the grain of longing expressed in Bush's voice -- with bassist Danny Thompson underscoring it -- is convincing. Her jazz piano touches on Vince Guaraldi in its vamp. The subject is so possessed by the object of her desire, the morning's soaked but empty sheets propel her to a window ledge to seek her melted lover in the winter landscape.
Muze PNote "Wild Man," introduced by the sounds of whipping winds, is one of two uptempo tracks here, an electronically pulse-driven, synth-swept paean to the Tibetan Kangchenjunga Demon, or "Yeti." Assisted by the voice of Andy Fairweather Low, its protagonist relates fragments of expedition legends and alleged encounters with the elusive creature. Her subject possesses the gift of wildness itself; she seeks to protect it from the death wish of a world which, through its ignorance, fears it. On "Snowed in at Wheeler Street," Bush is joined in duet by Elton John. Together they deliver a compelling tale of would-be lovers encountering one other in various (re)incarnations through time, only to miss connection at the moment of, or just previous to, contact. Tasteful, elastic electronics and Gadd's tom-toms add texture and drama to the frustration in the singers' voices, creating twinned senses: of urgency and frustration. The title track -- the other uptempo number -- is orchestrated by loops, guitars, basses, and organic rhythms that push the irrepressible Stephen Fry to narrate 50 words associated with snow in various languages, urgently prodded by Bush. Whether it works as a "song" is an open question. The album closes with "Among Angels," a skeletal ballad populated only by Bush's syncopated piano and voice. 50 Words for Snow is such a strange pop record, it's all but impossible to find peers. While it shares sheer ambition with Scott Walker's The Drift and PJ Harvey's Let England Shake, it sounds like neither; Bush's album is equally startling because its will toward the mysterious and elliptical is balanced by its beguiling accessibility. ~ Thom Jurek

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Two Rooms-Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Muze Music Compilations She's Having A Baby
Muze Music Compilations Brazil (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Made Of Bricks(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Symphony/british:closing 2012 Olympic

Associated Artists and Works

E-Clypse
Kamen, Michael
Brazil [Music from the Original Motion Picture Sou ~ Kamen, Michael
Brazil [Silver Screen Edition 2006] ~ Kamen, Michael
Original Soundtrack
Brazil [Music from the Original Motion Picture Sou ~ Original Soundtrack
Brazil [Silver Screen Edition 2006] ~ Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/21/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 87186
Music Label Name Label : Epitaph (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : DDD
Music UPC UPC : 00045778718625

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.75)
- "[A] languorous, self-produced vamp that might even qualify as a 'song cycle'....It's impossible not to get lost in the drift."

Entertainment Weekly (p.72)
- "It's all gorgeous -- even the 13-minute 'Misty' -- but SNOW peaks with a stunning Elton John duet on which the pair play time-traveling lovers." -- Grade: A-

Magnet (p.56)
- "[Her voice] remains a thing of wonder, alternating between banshee-like swoops and hushed, sultry intimacy."

The Wire (p.52)
- "The mood is subdued, the backing spare, meditative....The album's most remarkable moments are its quietest."

Q (Magazine)
(p.123)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Bush's husky vocals rise through an ominous piano fog, generating a silvery chill..."

Paste (magazine)
- "'Cloud-like' is a fairly fitting adjective for 50 WORDS FOR SNOW which blooms into your headphones with "Snowflake," an immersion of pillowy piano ambience, synth pulses and guitars that flicker like a dying flame."

Uncut (magazine)
(p.31)
- Ranked #40 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[An] extraordinary suite of winter songs."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Bush,Kate
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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